Body Positivity | I'm BACK!

i introduced my partner to a boudoir session last week...he got full control over poses, camera settings, the whole thing!

i must preface what i'm about to say with this: my partner and i had so much fun doing this shoot and i learned a lot about the both of us through the process. what is about to come out of my mouth has nothing to do with him…

...but everything to do with ME.

body image is SO FUCKED UP. i'm 5'3", 135lbs...a completely NORMAL BMI...yet this image makes me cringe.

WHY.

because i'm comparing myself to others. comparing myself to what society wants me to be. comparing myself to the women around me. comparing myself to the men who have opinions about me. comparing myself to the BELIEF system I grew up with and conditioned to.

know what's ironic!?

if i saw this image of YOU, I'd be your BIGGEST fucking cheerleader. GO YOU! THIS IS EMPOWERING AF! GET 'EM! YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL! YOU'RE CHANGING THE WORLD!

SO. greetings, social media! I'm Whitney Brewer and 
authenticity and connection is my super power. i get to talk to me how i'd talk to you..

drop a positively charged comment below & tag someone who you think needs to hear this message! the world needs more of this.

we get to be mirrors of what we see in OTHERS!

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@eatplaycbus ||| Triplets Maternity

At the beginning of the month I had the honor and privilege of working with Megan (@eatplaycbus) and her husband Stephen for a little maternity shoot in German Village. I've been following Megan on Instagram for a while now, she's a passionate, vibrant and passionate lifestyle blogger in Columbus, OH. She is also a wine lover and food enthusiast! 

Upon meeting Stephen and Megan, absolutely fell in love with their positivity, authentic ness and enthusiasm to work with me. We started out shoot at Winans coffee shop in German Village and ended up roaming around the village for almost 2 hours talking, getting to know one another and connecting!

Megan and Stephen are expecting triplet girls in the next few weeks and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this journey they're taking as brand new parents. I'm certain they will be amazing, supportive and loving to their three girls. 

After they are born, I get the privilege to do a lifestyle photography session with them at their convenience and when they are comfortable. I am too excited to witness such a beautiful miracle and be such a meaningful part of this experience. 

A huge shout out to Megan, Stephen and their little babes for trusting me to photograph something monumental in their lives. I adore you all!

Main Engine Press | Justin Bell

HAPPY OCTOBER, FRIENDS!

I know it’s been far too long since I’ve written a blog, but HERE. I. AM! I have been insanely busy pushing my limits on Facebook, Instagram, Podcasts, Networking and trying to keep up with my website too! To say that I’m busy is an understatement, but honestly, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and am eagerly looking forward to what my future holds.

Last month, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting up and working with a talented, kind-hearted, gentle and passionate individual that was introduced to me at the beginning of the year by my dear friends, Matt and Ali Fulks. Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing….drumroll please! Justin Bell with Main Engine Press. The more I get to know him, the more I fall in love with him, his ideas and his spirit. It’s a true honor knowing Justin, and the more people that get to know him-the better! He’s incredible!

Justin opened his shop in June 2018. I was his first customer, ordering over 100 shirts for Jay’s Cruise for the Kids (a motorcycle-based fundraiser in honor of a man, Jason Anthony McCreedy, who means the world to me to this day!). Justin was eager to be a part of the fundraiser and supported my vision in it’s entirety. He even HAND DELIVERED the shirts to my home, an hour away from the shop, without expecting anything in return. Since Justin is his own overhead, he was the one to HAND PRINT each individual t-shirt. When I went to visit the shop last month, I got to watch the process from beginning to end. He explained the intricate steps passionately and with grace, making me feel the same passion he has for printing! Justin’s dedication to his craft is inspiring, fluid and is a true reflection of his personality. I dug a bit deeper with Justin, so my readers can get to know this amazing human, too!

1) When did you start Main Engine Press (MEP)?

a) I started it as a brick and mortar space in early 2018. I came up with the idea when I was in college, around 2004-ish I think. I actually still have the sketch book where I first drew up different names and logos for it, and I used to write up rudimentary business plans for it back in the day.

2) What made you want to jumpstart your own business?

a)I worked with a series of printers and design firms for about a decade after I graduated. I was always so frustrated with the way business managers made decisions and the cynical ways they treated their employees and customers. Always in the back of my head was Main Engine Press, and the knowledge that it would be so much better and more positive than the places I worked for. Finally I said enough was enough and I just made it happen. That’s such an important lesson that I wish I had learned years ago, but I’m so glad that I learned it.

3) What is MEP’s mission?

a) The mission is to be a good, quality, reliable, dependable, and hard working printer and designer. It’s really that simple. Reliability and dependability are so important to me. Everyone talks about them, but the only way to be reliable and dependable is to work hard to be reliable and dependable.

4) Why the name “MEP”?

a) It’s named Main Engine Press because ever since I was a little kid I loved the space shuttle. The idea of it, the imagination the reality of it, everything. It’s named Main Engine Press because ever since I was a little kid I loved the space shuttle. The idea of it, the imagination that went into it, the genius reality of it, everything. I remember that in 5th grade we had to write about who our heroes were. Everyone wrote about some basketball player or actor or something, but I wrote an essay that was called “The Space Shuttle is my Hero” and it got published in the newspaper. Probably because it was so weird that a little kid would think that, let alone write it down. Anyway, I always had this fascination with the main engine of the space shuttle. Like, it was the peak of human achievement to me, and every space shuttle launch they would say “press to MECO.” I wondered what that meant, so I asked the librarian one day (this was before the internet, seriously) and we looked it up and I learned MECO meant “main engine cut off.” Basically, it was during the launch when the shuttle was just like “open up the throttle and let it fly” until the engine stopped. THAT BLEW MY MIND. So that’s why it’s Main Engine Press. Press to MECO, you know? 😊

5) Where are you located and how can people reach you to place orders?

a) Main Engine Press is online at mainenginepress.com, and there are lots of ways to get in touch with me there. So far I’ve done jobs from inside Ohio and from different states that range in number of from 1 piece to 1000+ pieces. I always respond right away and love to talk to people about their ideas and projects!


PODCAST | September 2018

Last August, I got to attend an Emotional Intelligence Leadership Training Program called Next Level! I realized, through this program, something that had been holding me back from getting to where I wanted to be professionally and so, I acted upon it immediately. I met with Anthony Tabler, now my marketing manager, shortly after the Next Level Trainings and he has been a HUGE blessing, form of encouragement and source of positivity in my life. He even holds me accountable every single day. If you want a marketing manager who is going to light a fire under your ass, empower you and encourage you, I HIGHLY suggest Anthony! I can’t speak more highly of him, I really lucked out (but nothing is an accident).

The thing holding me back was spending money, worried that it wouldn’t be invested rationally and that I wouldn’t get the results that I expected. Funny thing is; I wanted the progress of growth to go smoothly, quickly and efficiently. So far, it has been 100% trial and error with my marketing strategy, but to be honest, the road traveled thus far with Anthony and my team of creatives is worth more money than I could ever earn for myself. The experience is where it’s at!

With many suggestions that Anthony threw at me to boost my online presence, I began doing podcasts that probably had no direction, but were authentic, real, raw, no-bullshit conversations with people that I love. The more I did them, the more I fell in love with the idea of broadcasting my interviews worldwide! I’m now doing podcasts/interviewing people about their passions every week and eager to hear and learn more through my friends and family whom are willing to be heard!

I don’t want to go on and on about these podcasts (or do i?), but they’re humorous, authentic and the real deal. If you think you’d be interested in being a part of it all, please feel free to email/text/call me and we can chat about topics that you’d like to discuss and when! Right now, I have 17+ guests looking to tune in, so the wait may be a few months out, but that gives us time to plan our podcast and we can be on our A-game!

Below are instructions on how to go about the first steps to being a part of the podcast. As soon as you favorite me, I will get a notification and will be able to include you in any podcast via invitation!

Download the App “Anchor”

1)     Open the Anchor App

2)     Tap “Listen” on the bottom left corner of the app

3)     Type “Whitney Gets Real” (my portrait is on the podcast cover)

4)     Tap the star next to “Whitney Gets Real” so that it turns yellow!

a.     (You have now added me as a friend/favorite!)

5)     Once you have tapped that star, I will get a notification and you will be added back as a favorite/friend

6)     When receiving an invite to my podcast, all you simply have to do is answer your phone when you get a notification that I’m calling from Anchor! The podcast begins as soon as you answer the phone, so be ready!